Prime position for lakefront
The Grille is a massive new restaurant in prime position on Queenstown Bay with expansive windows giving superb views of the street action and the lakefront.
When we arrived for lunch there were few other diners and we were delighted to secure one of the few window tables.
Inside we found a sophisticated, semi-industrial interior.
Leather bound seats at booth tables, a semi-private table surrounded by ceiling-high wine racks and an open air kitchen added to the atmosphere.
The menu changes for breakfast, lunch and dinner but we noticed that each menu contains lots of options - from the easier-onthe-wallet options such as open sandwiches ($16 to $17) and burgers ($22 to $28) for lunch to higher end steak frites ($35) for lunch.
Jo had the crayfish meatballs with tagliatelle, tomato and local saffron broth and marinated courgette ($32) and loved the flavours, especially the zing of the meatballs cutting through the
While accepting the crayfish is a delicacy she would have loved more and found the pasta in sauce quite difficult to eat.
Some crusty bread would have mopped up the remains nicely.
Dasha’s moules frites (greenlip mussels in white wine, cream and garlic, with chips and aioli - $23) came as a large portion in delicious garlicky sauce.
The dish arrived with french fries, which she considered a nice Kiwi touch, but would have liked the option of a salad as an alternative.
It was a filling meal accompanied by torn fresh bread.
In her ongoing effort to find the world’s most perfect seafood chowder, Debbie ordered the soup described as ‘‘Eichardt’s Legendary’’ seafood chowder, served with hot sourdough, wakame and lemon ($26).
Big things were expected.
The creamy soup was perfect and the hidden scallop, prawn, mussel and fish bits were a delight to find.
However, the chewy wakame didn’t appeal and the addition of spinach to the soup was a bit awkward to eat.
Overall, a filling and satisfying meal.
Staff were brisk and smart and on the ball.
We were given a friendly and personable introduction and service was attentive, with our water glasses filled regularly.
There was a delay in our wine arriving but overall we were impressed.
A welcome new addition to Queenstown’s restaurant scene, with the ability to cater comfortably for a couple of friends on an easy lunch, a romantic dinner or large group dining. A wide variety of eating options ensures everyone will be able to enjoy this prime new spot.
Crayfish meatballs at The Grille by Eichardt’s.